The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the association for kitchen and bath professionals. Nearly 50 years after its inception, the NKBA has a membership of more than 50,000 members and is the proud owner of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). If you are looking for a kitchen or bath design specialist, look for and NKBA trained and/or certified designer.
The NKBA is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry. Established in 1963 as a network of kitchen dealers, it has grown into the premier association of distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers, and other professionals. The NKBA’scertification program emphasizes continuing education and career development and includes designers and professionals in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. The NKBA has become a valuable resource for both professionals and consumers.
The NKBA accredits programs that offer students a specialty in kitchen and bath design. Visit College and University Accreditation to view the list of NKBA-accredited colleges and universities. Students who graduate from these programs are prepared to work in the kitchen and bath industry and qualify to sit for the examination to earn the NKBA designation Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD) upon graduation.
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